Here are some tips I'd like to share with you for creating a successful home show:
pictures of what I bring to shows with me- plus wire and tools!!!!
9. Have signs and prices to make it easier for people, you can’t be everywhere at once. I also highly reccomend making them on the computer, use the same font for all of them, print them on cardstock, and laminate them (so when you move onto outdoor shows, they don't get ruined). I have a running file saved so I can add signs as needed and print new ones, and for laminate, I just use the self stick kind for pictures.
12. Displays: last but not least.....I could probably do a whole post on them, but I will try to sum it up.
a. Make sure it represents your style
b. Use floor length table cloths in a neutral color / pattern (so it doesn't distract) and I prefer a material that doesn't wrinkle, like a thick polyester- because I don't fold well or iron!
c. Use objects, crates and shelves to create multi-level display area- this accomplishes two things, it gives you more surface area to work with, and it creates good flow (just like in design- you want to eye to carry through seemlessly without disruption) I like to use crates, because they can also double as storage to transport items to and from your show
d. Try to display some or most of your jewelry so they can see it, and how it lays (too many necklaces hanging side by side will be hard for them to visualize). You can use picture frames, pads with u-pins, or bust displays. I like Nile Corp. for bust displays. They have great prices and reasonable shipping. I also started using these (they are on sale- kinda cheap, but I stained them and now they look amazing)
so that I can just stack them back up at the end of the show. (I will have more on set up, tear down and your display in the Juried and Outdoor Shows: Part 2 of this series) I use U-pins to hold their shape (you can get them here on etsy) and I like how those boxes frame my work. They also double for taking my jewelry to shops (which I haven't done yet, I am such a wuss!)
You can use dishes filled with lentils or rice, picture frames with mesh, driftwood, pretty boxes stacked up......possibilities are endless. Just remember, your jewelry should be the star, not the display. The display should compliment, but not overpower your jewelry. Here are some ideas..........
I love how Sandra Miller of Beaded by Sandra used lentils and beans in her display, to bring some color and contrast................
Found on etsy here
And these driftwood displays were the best I've seen around, and Miss Fickle Media used to carry them, but it looks like she's all out right now.................love these...................